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the taliban's recent offensive. the move raises concerns about the future of security in the country. canadian troops held a ceremony on thursday to formally hand over their field operations to u.s. forces. the withdrawal ends a mission as part of the nato-led force. canada has kept about 3,000 combat troops in afghanistan for more than five years. some 950 will remain until 2014 to help train afghan security forces. >> i'm extremely proud of my soldiers. our soldiers have, again, accomplished a great deal here in afghanistan. >> with the united states about to begin gradually withdrawing troops, allied nations including france and britain, have also announced plans to reduce their own military presence. meanwhile, local anger at international forces is on the rise. villagers in the eastern province of host took to the streets to protest a nato raid they claim killed is 1 locals this week. the increasing number of civilian casualties is believed to be one way the taliban tries to broaden supports. insurgents targeted locations that were previously considereded secure. last month's raid on a he
the u.s.-led war that followed the 2001 terrorist attacks on the united states. the taliban is increasing offensives and the security situation remains volatile. over a few months, the military withdrawal is expected to be small scale . >> welcome back to the weather update. we are keeping an eye on this cluster of clouds here in the pacific. looking very well formed now. this will be the one with us for this whole week on a strengthening track. it is a long and strong typhoon westward at 20 kilometers. it has been keeping the pace. the maximum gusts are reaching 200 kilometers per hour or more. this is a powerful system. forecasts will continue to mostly track for a couple more days and start veering and turning and trends towards japan. things will get stormy here. it's a large tropical storm force wins over a large area. the islands could be feeling the stormy weather as we head into the weekend. definitely a storm to keep an eye on. elsewhere, we are looking at the stubborn frontal boundary in place across the peninsula and into japan. it is on the way out. we should be
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